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Featured Events

All events included with admission to Discovery Center unless otherwise noted. General admission: $8 adults; $8 children ages 2-17; free to Discovery Center Members and children age 1 and younger.


Discover the Spirits

Friday, October 24; 7:30 p.m. -11:00 p.m.

Click here for details about this exciting fundraiser.


Spooky Science

Saturday, October 25; 6:00–9:00 p.m.

Come in costume for this non-scary night of Halloween fun. Bring your Trick-or-Treat bag and grab gobs of goodies in our exhibit spaces. Plus concoct glowing slime and make monstrous crafts! Network with eminent inventors and distinguished scientists who happen to be dead. Pick up a prize from Alfred Nobel, connect to Michael Faraday, mix with Dorothy Hodgkin, and experiment with science tricks that look like magic!  $3 members; $9 public.

Sponsored in part by Upstream Investment Partners-Chad Henry/Troy Oates, Greenlee, a Textron Company and UTC Aerospace Systems.


Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead

Saturday, November 1; 1–4 p.m.

Festival admission: $6 adults / $4 ages 3-17 / $15 for the entire family

Festival admission includes half-off admission to Discovery Center, Burpee Museum and Rockford Art Museum.

Decorate your skull mask and shake your maracas! Discovery Center joins Rockford Art Museum, La Voz Latina, Rockford Dance Company, and Burpee Museum to celebrate this life affirming, family-building, engaging tradition. This event will be held at the Riverfront Museum Park campus.

Food Vendors on Site:

Lucha Cantina 12 to 2 pm; Fork & Stein 12 to 2 pm; Delicious Bakery (serving Bread of the Dead) 1 to 4 pm


Smashing Pumpkins

Sunday, November 2; 1–4 p.m.

Calling all jack-o-lanterns! We’ll employ our giant trebuchet to transform your pumpkin porch décor into a parking lot projectile, or use it to buttress a citadel of squash! Join the fun and create a catapult, celebrate the harvest and have a smashing good time. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored in part by Northwest Bank, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and Greenlee, a Textron Company.


Leftover Science

Friday and Saturday, November 28–29; 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Turn cranberries into chemistry, engage in fruitcake physics, and find out what happens to whipped cream when it’s dropped in liquid nitrogen. Bring the family and kick off the holiday season with extraordinary demos and festive arts and crafts. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored in part by HMC Products.


Holiday Hoopla

December 26–30; 11:30–3:30 p.m.

Deck the halls with boughs of jolly as we merge hands-on arts and crafts with amazing math. Vote for your favorite cookie, fashion a snowflake, construct a kaleidoscope, and find the hidden shapes. Included with Discovery Center admission.


Countdown to Fun!

Wednesday, December 31; 12:30–4:30 p.m.

Design a party hat, create a noise maker, and get showered with confetti as we count down to midnight each hour. Ring in the New Year with this delightful blend of fun, art, and music from Kantorei, the singing boys of Rockford. Included with Discovery Center admission.

Sponsored in part by SwedishAmerican Health System.


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